Alliance Online News: Alliance to Host Webinar on Retooling Transitional Housing


Newsletters | September 18, 2012

September 18, 2012    
    ISSUES  |  POLICY  |  SOLUTIONS  |  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Emanuel Cavallaro    
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Alliance to Host Webinar on Retooling Transitional Housing

On Tuesday, October 2, at 2 p.m. ET the Alliance will host a webinar on retooling transitional housing. The webinar will focus on the process for transitional housing providers to assess and evaluate their programs and consider the options and models to retool their programs to assist people to move more quickly into permanent housing. During this webinar, presenters from the Alliance will highlight keys aspects of the planning process for retooling, and provide community examples of retooled programs. The webinar will be recorded and made available through the Alliance's website at a later date.

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Hill Update

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Veterans Housing Assistance
Last Friday, September 14, the Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing entitled, "Housing for Heroes: Examining How Federal Programs Can Better Serve Veterans." In this hearing, presenters from national veterans advocacy groups discussed barriers that homeless and low-income veterans face in securing housing assistance and services from federal agencies. The first panel included testimony by veterans Cassondra Flanagan, Caesar Hill, and Babette Peyton. The next panel included the Alliance's Vice President for Programs and Policy, Steve Berg, who emphasized how close we are to solving the social problem of homelessness among veterans.

"Behind the scenes, in large and small ways, the country has moved toward ending homelessness for veterans. The impacts have barely begun to show up in the numbers, but for people who have worked on the issue, the changes have been remarkable" he told members of the subcommittee.

Other panelists providing testimony were Heather Ansley, Vice President of Veterans Policy at Vets First; Baylee Crone, Technical Assistance Director at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans; Sandy Miller, Chairwoman of the Homeless Veterans Committee at Vietnam Veterans of America; Arnold Stalk, Founder and President of Veterans Village; and Eileen Higgins, Vice President at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Click here for an archived webcast and to view witness testimony.

House Passes Continuing Resolution
Last Thursday, September 13, the House passed a fiscal year (FY) 2013 Continuing Resolution. This stopgap funding measure is meant to keep the federal government running beyond the end of the current fiscal year on September 30 through March 27, 2013. The measure includes no changes to key affordable housing and homelessness assistance programs. The Senate is expected to pass the measure this week.

OMB Releases Report Estimating Sequestration Impact
Last Friday, September 14, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the White House released a report detailing the impact of sequestration on federal programs. The report largely confirms the Alliance's earlier estimates that sequestration would result in approximately 146,000 people being homeless rather than housed. The report indicates that many non-defense, discretionary programs including those within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will see an 8.2 percent cut. Program-by-program details are available in the OMB report. You can find pre-report analysis from the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding here. The Alliance will be releasing further analysis of this report shortly; for pre-report analysis, please click here.

Children's Groups Co-Host Panel Discussion
On Thursday, September 13, the Congressional Children's Caucus, the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, First Focus and the National Center on Family Homelessness co-hosted a panel discussion, "America's 1.6 Million Homeless Children." The discussion featured Congressional Children's Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Donald Manzullo (R-IL). Panelists included David Schrandt, Homeless Liaison for Cypress-Fairbanks School District; Irene Sauceda, a student at Texas State University; Bruce Lesley, President at First Focus; and Carmela J. DeCandia, Vice President at The National Center on Family Homelessness. The discussion centered around the plight of children experiencing homelessness and potential solutions for this population.

Webinar on the 2013 Youth-Inclusive PIT Count

On Thursday, October 4, the Alliance and three other organizations will partner to host a webinar, "It's a Data Driven World: Making the Most of the 2013 Youth Inclusive PIT Count" highlighting three communities that have successfully performed targeted youth counts.

The Alliance is partnering with the National Network for Youth, the John Burton Foundation for Children without Homes, and the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates to host the webinar, which will inform youth providers, advocates, and allies about how to partner with Continuums of Care (CoCs) to ensure a successful count, as well as provide concrete strategies for CoCs regarding promising practices and methodologies, and show how to incorporate them into the youth-inclusive Point-In-Time (PIT) count in 2013. The webinar also will provide guidance on how to incorporate school data into PIT counts, as well as effective strategies for counting youth in rural communities.

Coordinated Assessment Webinar Posted to Alliance Website

This month, the Alliance hosted a webinar on implementing coordinated assessment under the new interim CoC regulations. The webinar and the slides, which feature detailed presenters' notes, are now available in the Alliance's Coordinated Assessment Toolkit. Further questions about coordinated assessment should be directed to the Center for Capacity Building at

Meeting and Events Internship

The Alliance is seeking applicants for a meeting and events internship. The intern will work closely with the Alliance's Director of Meetings and Events on all of the planning components of the Alliance's annual Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness. The position calls for 15 to 20 hours a week, and will run from early November to early March.

Applicants are expected to have an interest in meeting and event planning, as well as relevant experience, excellent writing and communication skills, excellent organizational skills, and an ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. A familiarity with CiviCRM database management is a plus. Resumes, cover letters, and a short writing sample can be sent to D'Arcy Klingle at

New Poverty Data Released

On Thursday, September 13, the U.S. Census released data on income, poverty and health insurance coverage in 2011, which show that the poverty rate has leveled off at 15 percent after three years of increasing, the highest level since 1993, while median income has declined by 1.5 percent.

The data also show that children continue to be disproportionately impacted by poverty, where one in five children live in families with income below the poverty level and nearly one in ten live in families with incomes below one half of the poverty level (less than $1,000 a month for a family of four).

HUD and VA Win "Sammie" Award

On Thursday September 13, the Partnership for Public Service awarded the prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal to teams from the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for their leadership in cutting veteran homelessness by 12 percent in just one year.

The award went to a team led by Mark Johnston, HUD's acting assistant secretary for community planning and development, whose office manages more than $2 billion in funding through programs designed to help homeless individuals and families, and a team led by Susan Angell, VA's executive director of the Homeless Veterans Initiative.

The teams joined forces to ensure that homeless veterans and their families received housing and supportive services through the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, and combined existing programs with HUD-VASH to connect homeless veterans with permanent housing and support services.

Group Seeks Suggestions for Connecting Veterans with Services

A small group of attorneys who support the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF) has launched a project to provide legal assistance to homeless veterans. The group's goal is to resolve legal issues like outstanding warrants or a suspended driver's license that might prevent HVAF clients from securing permanent places to live.

HVAF has issued a "Request for Good Ideas," and is currently seeking suggestions from members of the legal community for models or methods for delivering these services to the veterans.
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